If the exterior of this gorgeous, mellow red brick 1699 house looks straight out of a Jane Austen novel, the interior is no disappointment. You’ll find a magnificent oak staircase, quaint sitting rooms, each with a roaring fire, and even views of the ha-ha. The atmosphere is serene and there’s a tranquil spa across the road. Expect classic country house style bedrooms: four-poster beds, floral bedspreads, homemade shortbread and kind attention from the staff. For dinner, try the catch of the day: perhaps plaice or halibut landed at Whitby, followed by Yorkshire poached rhubarb crumble soufflé with vanilla ice cream and white chocolate. A hotel that’s as alluring in winter – all cosy and snug – as it is in summer, when you can stroll through the grounds and make friends with the resident deer. It also makes the perfect base for visiting York. Rescued from decay in the 1980s, Middlethorpe Hall is a National Trust-owned Historic House Hotel.
Doubles from £219
+44 (0)1904 641241; middlethorpe.com
The magnificent view from York Minster’s Central Tower. It is the highest point in York and offers unbeatable, panoramic views of the city. You will also discover the medieval stonework and gothic grotesques as you climb the 275 steps to the top.
Head Chef Ashley Binder has designed a mouth-watering menu using locally sourced produce including many fruits and vegetables grown in the Potager located in the Walled Garden.
Spirit of Yorkshire have created Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky – it is well worth a try and taste!
CLAIM TO FAME
Fanny Rollo Wilkinson moved to Middlethorpe Hall in 1878, where she began to devote herself to gardening. She was one of the first women to become a professional Landscape Gardener.
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